Poland Study Abroad Program (Summer 2022)
International Law and the Holocaust
May 30 – June 20, 2022
Led by Emilia Justyna Powell, a native of Poland who serves as associate professor at Notre Dame’s Department of Political Science and concurrent associate professor at the University’s Law School, this three-week intensive course is designed as a fully immersive cultural, international, and intellectual experience for students.
Additionally, this course will include three lectures from Charles W. Powell, a faculty member at the Ansari Institute for Global Engagement with Religion. These lectures will focus on the modern implications of interreligious dialogue between Jews, Christians, and Muslims to ensure that integral human development is fostered and atrocities similar to the Holocaust do not occur again. On the one hand, a lack of understanding and trust between these religious groups increases the likelihood of hostility to or prejudice against each other. On the other hand, understanding and trust can lead to much needed collaboration and human solidarity.
Most class instruction occurs on site, at major sites and museums in Warsaw, Auschwitz/Birkenau, Gdansk, and other surrounding cities. The course will immerse students in the historical and cultural context of Poland, make them reflect on the Holocaust and how it influenced international law, and experience Polish life.
The deadline to apply for this course is Nov. 1, 2021.